Seeking sustainability on service learning projects

A. Vyas, Chun Wah Leung

Research output: Chapter in book / Conference proceedingConference article published in proceeding or bookAcademic research


Service-learning courses across disciplines in higher education have gained tremendous attention among students where they are engaged in complex and oftentimes timeintensive activities aimed at assisting the community. This gives students an opportunity to develop competencies essential for their career. These projects expose students to practical learning opportunities outside a classroom setting. However, there are several challenges associated with these projects which question the sustainability of the same. This study identifies issues like depth of interaction between service providers and the recipients leading to execution of some undesirable projects, effects of involving multidisciplinary students in group work and their inability to cope with the requirements and students focus on results and GPA rather than service to the community. All these effects are further strained by the limitation of time where merely one semester of involvement expects the student to inculcate the feeling of community service along with the learning. The finding of the study exposes the flaw in the system and suggests a path towards attaining sustainability by addressing the above mentioned problems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Service-Learning (ICSL 2016), the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 1-2 Dec 2016
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event2nd International Conference on Service-Learning [ICSL] - , Hong Kong
Duration: 1 Dec 20162 Dec 2016


Conference2nd International Conference on Service-Learning [ICSL]
Country/TerritoryHong Kong


  • Sustainability
  • Engineering projects
  • Service learning
  • Multidisciplinary approach


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